Basing their designs on originally and individuality, Israel-based studio Lanciano Design creates contemporary residences “for people that understand the difference”. You might remember the design studio’s work from the Sea Shell Residence Lavinia presented a while back. This particular private residence you can see in the photos below captures both the comfort of living in a carefully designed collection of spaces and the welcoming effect a perfectly manicured garden offers.
The light colored volumetric architecture is pierced by sliding glass doors on the first floor, connecting the living area to the large deck and inviting owners to spend some time in the swimming pool. An outdoor dining space is protected by a cantilevering second floor, while the adjacent lounge zone with trees and flowers cut into the deck dissolves the boundaries between indoor living and outdoor relaxation and entertaining. Each space has its own language of comfort and luxury, what’s your favorite one?
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.